What can truly move us beside form and color are religious themes, personal expression, and dramatic story. The older pieces that I used as inspiration have all these. The abstract portraiture collection was inspired by Renaissance paintings of faces; bold, exciting and filled with inner meaning.
The viewer searches for a human connection imagining the feelings of the subject. Applying this to a contemporary setting helped me reflect the story of the old and more fully understand the development of the new. Use of vivid color and expression, convey dramatic depths, excitement, and unique personal history. These artists want to be remembered, leave their mark. Their concerns were grounded in hope and Devine belief, which I have tried to replicate.
The Illuminated manuscript series was inspired by the original manuscripts at the MET/Cloisters.
The colors, organization and overall beauty of the pieces impressed me. and I imagined the artists laboring over these works. Was it possible to develop an understanding of their community, express their deep love and hope in a contemporary work?
These were designed to be revealing and very personal in order to achieve a more intimate viewing.